James Hoyles DipHE Paramedic Science

What did you enjoy the most about studying at Swansea University?

The most enjoyable aspect of the Paramedic Science course was the fact that it was split 50:50 between academic study and  practical placement; third manning with
ambulance crews. This gave a true insight into the day to day aspect of being a paramedic. It also allowed me to gain valuable experience before registering as a paramedic.

What skills did you learn from completing the course and how did they help you get a job?

Swansea University taught me a whole range of skills uniquely suited to the paramedic role. Skills such as advanced life support, trauma management, management of maternity emergencies and ECG interpretation. These skills are essential to register with the HCPC. As well as the clinical skills, I have also developed very strong leadership skills, people management techniques and the ability to communicate with people from every generation and every walk of life.

What have you gone on to do since graduating?

Following completion of my course in July 2011, I accepted a paramedic job with South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb), working in the City of Brighton and Hove. I worked here until May 2014, when I took a paramedic position with the SECAmb Hazardous Area Response Team (HART).

Where are you currently working?

I am currently working as a paramedic with HART based at Gatwick, West Sussex. As a HART paramedic, my role is to bring prehospital care into areas originally deemed too dangerous for ambulance staff. We are trained to deliver clinical care in urban search and rescue environments, such as collapsed structures and confined spaces, working at height, swift water rescue, marauding terrorist firearms incidents and public order incidents. What I enjoy most about my role is the level of training I have received in every element involved, and the development of my clinical skills by testing them in very challenging conditions.

What would your advice be to new students entering the college?

My advice to new students on the Paramedic Science course at Swansea would be to make the most of the practice placements, and take on board as much as possible from the mentors. Try to get as deeply involved as possible from the beginning with patient care, as it will make it easier in the long run when entering the real world! 

James completed his DipHE in Paramedic Science in 2011.